Burbank Temporary Aid Center

Burbank Temporary Aid Center Mission Statement BTAC is dedicated to providing the poor, working poor, and homeless of the local community with basic services they need to live with dignity, and to serve citizens of the city in times of emergency and disaster. As a conduit between the generous donors of the community, foundations and government resources, BTAC works to provide clients with help such as food, utility assistance, transportation assistance, emergency shelter (off-site and short-term), medical assistance, referrals to other community resources, and holiday outreach. Vision Statement BTAC strives to help create a community where the poor and working poor are able to access t...
Jul 15, 2014

Hunger doesn't take a Summer Vacation

For me, summer vacation brings back memories of lazy summer days in rural Minnesota.  Swimming in the lake, riding bikes along the dirt roads and planting and harvesting from our family's garden.  One memory I don't have is of being hungry.

For many children, it is the opposite.  During the school year, low-income children benefit from free and reduced lunch programs in the schools.  Some schools even have breakfast programs!  This takes a huge strain off of families who are struggle to pay rent, insurance, car payments, etc.  But when school dismisses for the summer, that changes. 

I can't imagine how it feels to worry about feeding my children.  And with your donation, you are helping ensure that many parents don't have that worry.  Thank you.

Your contribution means a great deal to everyone at BTAC.  We appreciate your generousity, as well as your trust in our ability to use it well.

Thanks,

Barbara Howell

Jun 25, 2014

Summer brings challenges for homeless families

Back when I was in grade school, I looked forward to summer break!   No more school, homework and cafeteria lunches!  I enjoyed spending time with my family as we relaxed and explored new things.  Perhaps you have some similar memories.

For many homeless families, the end of the school year can bring a different reaction.  Without the subsidized lunch programs, thier children experience even more hunger than before.  In our community of Burbank, these families know that Burbank Temporay Aid Center can help.

Each day, the line for daily sack lunches snakes in front of our facility.  Sometimes the line stretches down the block and around the corner.  Among those waiting for a lunch are parents, who know that this might be their family's one meal for the day. 

Most of the lunches are hearty and made with 'love' by community volunteers.   But as the need grows, while school is out of session, BTAC often runs low on lunches.  It is only through your generous contributions that BTAC can purchase the food necessary to keep up with the need.

Most people don't think of a sack lunch as being very significant.  But to someone who knows it might be thier only meal, it is a feast.  And you are part of making it happen.

Thank you for your support. 

Apr 18, 2014

Families are grateful for your support.

A few days ago, I received an email from a woman who had been spending so much time at the hospital with her young son who was ill, that she had not been able to work.  I can't imagine the feeling of having to choose between working to provide for your child and comforting him during his hospital stay. 

Her power was about to be turned off, rent was due and there was no food in the cupboards - and her son was coming home from the hospital. 

She made an appointment with Burbank Temporary Aid Center's case manager, who was able to help her find resources for the utilities, etc.  Those things would take a bit more time.  But before she left, her back seat was filled with canned and packaged foods to last almost a month! 

Our shelves need to stay full, so we can help families like this one keep food in thier cupboards.  But the springtime is always a lean time at our food pantry.  In order to keep up with the need, we use funds you have donated to ensure we have enough food on hand.

On behalf of all the people who receive food from BTAC, thank you for your generousity.

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